Tika Sumpter

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Tika Sumpter
Tika Sumpter 2013.jpg
Sumpter in 2013.
Born Euphemia Sumpter
(1980-06-20) June 20, 1980 (age 33)
Queens, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2004–present

Tika Sumpter (born Euphemia Sumpter; June 20, 1980) is an American actress, singer, and model known for her roles as Layla Williamson on One Life to Live, recurring roles as Raina Thorpe on Gossip Girl and as Jenna Rice in the The CW/BET sitcom The Game.[1] As of 2013 she is starring as Candace Young in the OWN drama series The Haves and the Have Nots.


She began her career modeling and appeared in commercials for Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne's Curve fragrances. In 2004, she served as the co-host for the N network series Best Friend's Date. The following year she landed the role of Layla Williamson on One Life to Live.From January to May 2011, Sumpter appeared on Gossip Girl as Raina Thorpe, the daughter of Russell Thorpe and Chuck Bass/Nate' former love interest.[2]She played singer Jason Derülo's girlfriend in the video for his song "It Girl".[3]

On September 12, 2011, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing one of the sisters, Deloris, in the music-themed film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke & Carmen Ejogo. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name inspired by the story of The Supremes. The remake was set in 1968 Detroit, during the rise of Motown. The story will focus on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle Williams (Jordin Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.[4][5] R&B singer Aaliyah was originally tapped to star as Sparkle; however following her death in a 2001 plane crash, production on the film was derailed. Production would have begun in 2002.[6][7][8] Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two-month period.[9] The film, which co-stars Sumpter, was released in the United States on August 17, 2012.

On May 21, 2012, "Celebrate", the last song Whitney Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com. The song is the first official single featured on the Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album which Sumpter is a part of.[10] The accompanying music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012 and the video featured herself and the rest of her Sparkle cast mates .[11]

As of 2013, Sumpter stars as Candace in OWN drama series The Haves and the Have Nots.[12][13] In 2014, Sumpter will be the female lead in Ride Along opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, and also was cast as Yvonne Fair in James Brown' biopic, Get On Up.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Queens, New York City,[15] Sumpter graduated from Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island, New York and studied at Marymount Manhattan College where she majored in communications.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Brooklyn's Finest Neighborhood girl Uncredited
2010 Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Nikki
2010 Salt Front deskwoman
2011 Whisper Me a Lullaby Emma
2011 What's Your Number? Jamie
2012 Think Like a Man Dominic's ex-girlfriend
2012 Sparkle Delores "Dee" Anderson
2013 My Man Is a Loser Clarissa
2013 Madea Christmas, AA Madea Christmas Lacey
2014 Ride Along Angela
2014 Get on Up Yvonne Fair Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004–2005 Best Friend's Date Herself Host
2005–2011 One Life to Live Layla Williamson 234 episodes
Role held: July 15, 2005 – January 24, 2011
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (2008)
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vegas Episode: "Class"
2011 Gossip Girl Raina Thorpe 11 episodes
2011–2012 Game, TheThe Game Jenna Rice 10 episodes
2013 Being Mary Jane Tonya Episode: "Pilot"
2013–present Haves and the Have Nots, TheThe Haves and the Have Nots Candace Young Lead Role


  1. ^ "Euphemia "Tika" Sumpter". SOAPCENTRAL. 2010-04-25. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  2. ^ "On The Set- new YBF chick tika sumpter films scenes for gossip girl". THEYBF. 2011-01-05. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  3. ^ "New Music: Jason Derulo – 'It Girl'". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. August 3, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (September 12, 2011). "'American Idol's' Jordin Sparks to Star Opposite Whitney Houston in 'Sparkle'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 12, 2011). "Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks 'Sparkle' for Sony – Entertainment News, Film News, Media". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Billboard. September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011
  7. ^ Hibberd, James (September 12, 2011). "Whitney Houston circling 'Sparkle' musical remake with Jordin Sparks". Inside Movies – EW.com. Entertainment Weekly Inc. Retrieved January 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (September 12, 2011). "Whitney Houston in Talks to Star in Music-Themed Drama 'Sparkle' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2011-09-23). "Cee-Lo Green joins 'Sparkle' cast – Entertainment News, Top News, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  10. ^ Ballhorn, Kelly (May 21, 2012). "WORLD PREMIERE: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks Duet ‘Celebrate’ From ‘Sparkle’ [AUDIO]". ryanseacrest.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/iamtikasumpter/status/208056583874293760
  12. ^ "'The Haves And The Have Nots': Meet Tyler Perry's TV Show Characters". The Huffington Post. May 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  13. ^ About Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots
  14. ^ http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/tika-sumpter-joins-cast-of-universals-james-brown-biopic-get-on-up
  15. ^ [1]

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